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Palmdale medical center adds 127 beds

Officials expect to attract patients from SCV

Posted: January 5, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Artist's rendering of what the Palmdale Regional Medical Center will look like once completed at the end of 2009. Hospital officials believe the new hospital will draw people from Acton, Agua Dulce and parts of Canyon Country.

Editor's note: Final story in a series on SCV residents' regional hospital options. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Palmdale Regional Medical Center should open before the end of the year, and hospital officials expect to attract patients from the Santa Clarita Valley.

Officials expect patients from Acton, Agua Dulce, and portions of Canyon Country formerly considered Saugus and Newhall, said Richard Cook, marketing and public relations manager for the hospital.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital officials said even after expansion, the hospital can only serve half of the valley's rapidly growing population, leaving thousands visiting nearby hospitals for health care services.

Until the Palmdale medical center opens, patients are most likely visiting Newhall Memorial in Valencia or Cedar Sinai and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Cook said.

Palmdale, expected to cost more than $200 million and top 370,000 square feet, will offer a 35-bed emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgery, advanced cardiac care, ob-gyn, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care, among other services.

The biggest draw for local residents might be the ob-gyn services, allowing mothers to deliver their babies.
"I think that will be a big thing," he said.

The hospital is located about 30 miles northeast of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Officials celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony in June 2005.

"It's been steady ever since that day," Cook said.

The fully built center is expected to generate 1,000 new jobs, he said.

The hospital comes as three Antelope Valley hospitals - Edwards Air Force Base hospital, High Desert hospital and the original Palmdale hospital - closed in the last five years, Cook said.

The medical center marks Palmdale's first hospital in 43 years and is backed by Universal Health Services, one of the country's top health care managers, Cook said.

When it first opens, the hospital will feature 127 beds. At build out two years later, the hospital should offer 239 beds, Cook said.

"It really depends on the need," he said.


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